23 Works

Language and Hermeneutics

Don Ihde
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language builds on the author’s longstanding commitments and forthcoming book on Material Hermeneutics. These concern the technological revolutions in imaging technologies which created the ways for material things to "speak", as in visualism and its expansion. Science though its instruments changed perception – but in different ways at different times. Early Modern Science began in the 17th century in an instrumentally optical or "visualist" mode with...

The Language of Human-Machine Communication

Daria Bylieva
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language discusses the problem of finding an optimal form of human-machine communication. In the ongoing search for an alien mind, humanity seems to find it not in the infinities of space, but in its own environment. Changes in the language of human-machine interaction made it understandable not only to trained specialists but to every household. In the course of time, home appliances and devices have developed...

Language of Art as Language of Utopia

Natalia Ershova
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language looks at language and technology coming together in avant-garde art, Russian futurism and constructivism. When words become a visual elements in the composition of new worlds, the creation of words can be seen as a way of breaking with the thinking of the past, but it can also be viewed as a social technology for the construction of a new life. Artists and poets experimented...

Technology as Semiosis

Alexander Nesterov
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language develops a systematic conception of technology, both as the human way of being in the world and in its historical development. As such it continues a line of thought that was initiated by Ernst Kapp and Peter Engelmeyer – but does so from the point of view of contemporary philosophies of technology and language. Technology is presented as projective semiosis that works on the level...

The Uprising of the Chinese Language in a Technological Age

Yongmou Liu
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language shows how the rise or „uprising“ of technology also produces an upheaval of language in China. This concerns not only the relation of literary language and so-called internet language which is a hybrid of symbols, sounds, images, and text. It also concerns the languages of ethnic minorities as well as the relation of Chinese to English. Not only in academic publishing there is a shift...

Multilingualism in the Age of Technology

Larissa Aronin
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language builds on the observation that both humans and animals have a communication system but only humans are multilingual. Likewise, humans and animals use tools but only humans develop technology. The multilingual and technological conditions of humankind are undergoing profound transformations in the age of globalization and under pressure of a pandemic. Since these transformations implicate human languages and technologies in tandem, it is important to...

The Political Power of the Algorithm

Claire Kramsch
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language highlights that digital technology is transforming not only the way we communicate through language, but the very nature of language, thought and action. Algorithms are deployed to make decisions, to sort and make meaningfully visible the vast amount of data produced and available on the Web. In ranking, classifying, sorting, predicting, and processing data, algorithms are political in the sense that they help to make...

Engineering Education - Сonvergence of Technology and Language

Eduard Krylov
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language demonstrates the close relationship between technology and language with just a few examples from engineering education. Just like a name becomes meaningful in the context of a sentence, the meaning of an engineering object depends on external circumstances. This relation between technology and language is not the same in all Engineering cultures and languages, however – as testified by the differences between engineering education in...

Cybernetics for the Blind: The Reading Machine «Luch» (The Ray)

Anna Kotomina
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language looks at a particular technical device that was to give access to the written word. In the late 1960s Rostislav Muratov proposed the model of a reading machine named “Luch” (Ray). “Luch” was designed for blind people to provide comprehensive access to books, newspapers, and magazines. Muratov understood blindness as “the loss of information” and assumed that his invention would appeal to a desire to...

Good Engineering Design - Design Evolution by Languages

Peter Pelz
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language shows that the mastery of multiple languages is the enabler for good engineering design. Engineers express ideas and for that they need expressive design languages. If a language is a structured system of symbols serving communication, the languages of engineering include German, English, and Russian, mathematical and programming languages, technical drawing and formal modelling, with abstract design elements constituting a further, engineering-specific language. The semantics...

Back to the Future with Writing and Speech

Tim Ingold
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language suggests a kind of time-travel. As the hand becomes dethroned in writing, the voice might be in speech, and it is with the technologies of the scribal and vocal arts that they can be reclaimed. In the fairly recent past, words, severed from hand and mouth, have been converted into the liquid currency of a global information and communications industry. Technologies followed in step and...

Scientific Language – A Comparative Analysis of English, German and Russian

Holm Altenbach
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language considers the development of scientific language in engineering. This development is influenced mainly by developments in industry and, in general, in society. With the help of some examples it is discussed how precise are English, German and Russian with respect to some expressions in the field of mechanics and engineering in general. The author is not a linguist and the given conclusions are personal impressions...

Connecting the World and the Word: The Hard and the Soft in Michel Serres’s philosophy

Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language builds on work in the philosophy of chemistry and materials science. Like these sciences, it begins in the middle of things and explores the condition of the mixt which precedes the scientific interest in purification. — The essay discusses the difference between the hard and the soft in the writings of Michel Serres. In the real world, there is nothing like hard, brute matter on...

When Machines Talk: A Brief Analysis of Some Relations between Technology and Language

Mark Coeckelbergh
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language builds on sustained discussions of the relation of the (philosophy of) technology and the (philosophy of) language, for example in the suggestion that there are „technology games“ in analogy to „language games“ as forms of life. In light of recent technological developments, this essay takes another step by way of distinguishing three types of interaction between language and technology as one considers technology as a...

Language of Criminalistic Research as a Basis for Studying Criminal Legal Phenomena

Dmitriy Mokhorov & Alexander Fedyukovsky
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language explores the complicated interrelation of conceptual and technological change in the context of scientific development. It shows how these relations become even more complex in the age of information technologies. Criminalistic research offers a case in point. It is defined by a set of technologies and a precise language which serves to render vague legal concepts determinate. Technology is not only used by law enforcement...

Non-Technological Narratives about Technology in Russian Science Fiction

Natalia Nikiforova
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language discusses Russian science fiction and utopias where technological devices and systems become active agents of the story, providing a perspective for treating social and political problems. Three major periods are covered in broad brushstrokes – the turn of the twentieth century when the industrial production went hand in hand with techno-optimism; the 1960s-1970s which were the Golden Era of Soviet science fiction, reflecting on technological...

The Techniques of the Arts

Hartmut Wickert
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language explores the languages of the theatre which define and constrain its mode of production. The very inability of the theatre to establish, even as an illusion, a non-theatrical reality, turns out to be its major asset and strength. Especially in regard to Bertolt Brecht and Walter Benjamin’s reflections on history, technology, and Brecht’s epic theatre, the peculiar grammar of gestural reading and writing becomes apparent....

A(l)gora: The Mindscape

Cheryce von Xylander
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language articulates how we inhabit public space in the critical tradition of the Enlightenment and in the condition of contemporary cyber-technologies. The fabled agora of the ancients has forfeited its intersubjective relevance and imaginary potency. Community no longer hinges on communing: Algorithmic Gate-Keeping is taking command. This paper sounds the bell for a new approach to envisaging social cohesion based on the notion of an “algora,”...

Technology as a new Language of Communication between the Human Being and the World

Andrey Pavlenko
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language is based on an analysis of the ‚epistemological turn‘ in modern cosmology and modern science, more generally. In view of another epistemological turn towards technology and a combinatorial approach to the creation of artefacts, the question regarding the languages of science and technology suggests itself. - When human beings relate to the world, they effectively address the world or talk to it, and the world...

On the Question concerning Animatechnics

Eugene Kuchinov
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language explores the notion of animatechnics in its two meanings: living technology and animal technology. On the one hand, there is a fiction or utopian component in this notion, on the other hand, it raises the question about technical life beyond the human: Can technology be alive – other than metaphorically? How does animal technical life work? These questions can be fused into one and suggest...

Philology and Technology: Notes

Carl Mitcham
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language contrasts two visions for the future of philology. One seeks to establish it alongside philosophy and mathematics as a cross-cutting discipline for making sense of texts. The other takes technology seriously and renders texts materially present, exploring texts as untamed objects. What is happening with the love of language in a world in the overwhelming presence of so many things defined by their technicity? It...

The Grammar of Things

Alfred Nordmann
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language programmatically proposes that „technology“ and „language“ are two sides of the same coin and that one cannot talk about one without the other. Everyone agrees that technology cannot be defined as the application of science to the engineering of specific devices. Instead, it includes all the ways in which homo faber has always worked to transform the naturally given world into a technosphere. And everyone...

Quantum Hermeneutics and Its Essential Questions

Guolin Wu
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language presents a research program for Quantum Hermeneutics which serves as a theory for the epistemology, methodology and ontology of quantum texts and their understanding. As opposed to the texts of classical science and in this regard more like the texts of the humanities, quantum texts require interpretation. But as opposed to the humanities, quantum text concerns trans-empirical experience of a trans-empirical world - the quantum...

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